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In 2013, I Will DO……

In 2013, I will DO….. We know exactly what we need to do. That is the easy part. The hard part is actually taking action.  This is true as citizens and collectively as a community. In 2013, I will force myself outside my comfort zone by ________________. In 2013, I will change my community by ___________________________. In 2013, I will improve myself professionally by ______________________. In 2013, I will be a better Dad or Mom by ___________________________. In 2013, I will be a better spouse by _______________________________. In 2013, I...

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The Time For Action Is Now For Young And Old

Next Rockford is an investor in the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC).  I serve as Next Rockford’s Board representative on the RAEDC.  This blog article is a complimentary piece to Isaac Guerrero’s article.  I have known Isaac for years and have enjoyed reading his articles.   Wins – Leadership – Coalitions Of The Willing I attended the RAEDC Annual Dinner this week. It was a celebration of our many economic development “wins” over the past year.  The event was further evidence of forward movement. The fact that...

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Next Rockford Announces Platform Endorsement Process

Next Rockford is a grass roots organization comprised of Gen X and Gen Y professionals living and working in the Rock River Valley.  The purpose and focus of the organization is advocating for improvements in education, the business environment, urban development and other issue important to our membership. Next Rockford has been instrumental in initiatives to bring positive change to Rockford including: Fully supporting the conclusions of the Next Generation Consulting (Rebecca Ryan) study from 2005 for attracting and retaining talent....

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If You’re Going to Hate, Be Brave About It

Once again, the U.S.finds itself in the midst of a polarizing debate over a contentious social issue; gay marriage and Chick-fil-A (CFA). I don’t need to waste space rehashing the particulars of how we got here in the CFA debate. However, I will take up a little space laying down what I think is an important issue being lost in the debate: the inability of people who hate to be brave about it. To be certain, I don’t believe in what some big-city mayors and aldermen are doing to CFA by restricting the chain from opening restaurants. And,...

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You Make it a Great Day

There are a lot of naysayers in Rockford. We all know one. We’ve all heard from one, especially lately. But we also know plenty of people who make Rockford a great place to live, work, learn, and play. There are people who volunteer their time to help others. There are people who donate their money to provide services for others. There are people who teach, people who protect, people who heal, and people who make sure we get to work on time. And there are, of course, people who provide such great customer service, they make you a repeat...

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Rock River Valley Must Express Voter Voice Through Turnout

Every new election and someone is beating the drum for voter turnout.  Of course it’s our civic responsibility.  Of course its what makes America great.  But of course there’s always work demands, kids, and probably some new episode of American Idol that gets in the way.  But, this time it is critical to the Rock River Valley and this time we mean it. We’ve all heard the examples of how our one vote can count.  One more vote in each precinct and a newspaper declaring Dewey president over Truman would have been right.  One...

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